100 Young Eagles to soar from Southeast Aviation Expo

On Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 9 a.m., the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 249 of Greenville, S.C., will offer free flights to the first 100 8- to 17 year-old kids that ask for a Young Eagles flight at the Southeast Aviation Expo‘s (SEAE) main registration area, which will be near the Greenville Downtown Airport’s (GMU) main terminal.

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Young Eagles visionary wins Phillips 66 Leadership Award at AirVenture

OSHKOSH – Greg Anderson, who helped pioneer a program responsible for taking 1.8 million-plus youths flying worldwide, was honored with the 2014 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

A piston pilot who spent 21 years working for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and now heads the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Anderson accepted the Aviation Leadership Award from Greg Hart, manager, general aviation, Phillips 66, during the annual Young Eagles Banquet.

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Ford donates F-35 inspired car for Young Eagles auction at AirVenture

OSHKOSH – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Co. led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which will be donated by Ford and sold at the the Gathering of Eagles charity event Thursday at AirVenture.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators. [Read more...]

First-ever GoFly Scholarship presented at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — GoPro has teamed up with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles to help aviation go-getters reach the sky. The first ever GoPro flight scholarship, dubbed “Go Fly,” was created to encourage young adults to follow their dreams of becoming a pilot.

The GoFly Scholarship provides financial assistance for flight training school, plus a one- year EAA membership, and a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and all necessary mounts to capture and share milestones throughout their journey to becoming a licensed pilot.

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EAA’s Young Eagles to receive ‘Spirit of Flight’ award

Every year,  the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF)  presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to a group or organization in recognition for its exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight. Receiving the 2014 honor will be the Young Eagles Program of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

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EAA declines FAA exemption for Young Eagles flights

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has notified the FAA that it is declining a partial grant of exemption that would have allowed Young Eagles and Eagle Flights pilots to obtain reimbursement for fuel costs and logging of flight time.

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Sean Tucker settles into new role as Young Eagles chairman

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Hall of Fame aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker is beginning to settle in as the new chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program.

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5,000 kids take flight, thanks to Oregon couple

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Only one other person has flown more kids for EAA’s Young Eagles program than volunteer pilot Larry Durst.

Since 1994, 5,000 children have taken flight with Durst. Working as a team — he flies, and his wife, Maxine, recruits — the Dursts’ relentless devotion to inspiring kids with aviation has earned the couple the 2013 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.

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Phillips 66 Aviation to celebrate 20 years of Young Eagles fuel rebates

OSHKOSH, Wis. – This week at AirVenture, Phillips 66 Aviation is celebrating 20 years of providing fuel rebates to Young Eagles pilots, who volunteer their time, aircraft and money to introduce young people to the joys of flight.

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1.7 million Young Eagles and counting…

It’s an impressive number: Since its founding in 1992, more than 1.76 million kids have flown as Young Eagles — a number that’s growing even as you read this.

The premise is simple: Introduce kids to aviation through a flight in a general aviation aircraft and — hopefully — inspire the next generation of pilots. And it’s working.

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